A new president of a public university has these four goals*:Increase student enrollment Maintain academic excellence Expand community engagement Develop additional sources of fundingNotice anything odd among the four goals?It should be Goal 2, "Maintain academic excellence." Goals 1, … [Read more...] about Maintain Academic Excellence?
Excellence in teaching? Not quite.The results of the U.K.s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) have been released. Click here to view the results of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze university awards (official government results are here).The purpose of TEF is to "...shin[e] a spotlight on … [Read more...] about Excellence in Teaching
Professors typically give lots of feedback to students over a semester to help them learn and improve.Professors, however, often complain about the feedback that students give concerning the professor's performance in a course. I eagerly accept student feedback because it helps me understand what … [Read more...] about Feedforward to Students
Kaizen is practical method for improving any processes, and thus it can also be applied to the design and delivery of courses. In order for kaizen to be effective, kaizen participants must be given strict conditions under which improvements are made. These conditions take the form of "Nos" or … [Read more...] about Professor Emiliani’s “Nos” for Teaching
In a previous blog post, "Final Exams, Final Mistake," I described how students in my courses make two types of visual controls to help them remember and apply what they learned.One visual control is in the form of an 8.5x11 inch sign that reflects the 10-20 most important things they learned in … [Read more...] about Handmade Visual Controls
A recent op-ed article in my university's student-run newspaper, written by a soon-to-be graduating senior, questioned the wisdom of cumulative final exams (click here to read the article). It's great to see a student putting their critical thinking skills to use. Professors should do the same. The … [Read more...] about Final Exams, Final Mistake
It's not that universities don't improve, it's just that they improve far too slowly and therefore are not in step with the times. What causes that? There are many factors, of course, but let's consider the role of accreditation on causing slow improvement in academic programs and administrative … [Read more...] about Why Universities Don’t Improve
Since my books Lean Teaching and Lean University were published in June 2015, Lean University has sold at 2.5 times the pace of Lean Teaching. What might these sales results suggest?Sales of Lean University over Lean Teaching indicate that university leaders are more interested in Lean for … [Read more...] about Do University Leaders Care About Teaching?
I've written a paper titled "Evolution in Lean Teaching," which describes my recent work to expand and evolve the application of Lean principles and practices to teaching.The focus is "grading inside the process" and creating a pull system for learning in a graduate course on Lean … [Read more...] about Evolution in Lean Teaching